With an early start to collecting passport stamps, Captain David grew up in Milwaukee, Tokyo, Washington DC, and Santiago, Chile. His belief that the world is both tiny and huge at the same time likely originated from this diverse group of “hometowns.” Nowadays, he lives in a cloud forest on the side of a volcano in Heredia, Costa Rica.
Captain David has his Master Oceans Unlimited license, and has worked across the globe from the arctic to the Antarctic—he even worked in high tech at Microsoft and Boeing! Throughout his captain’s career, he has worked for the US Coast Guard, and on ice breakers and research vessels. On one memorable voyage, he piloted a research icebreaker through the thick Antarctic ice in the southern Weddell Sea, going further south than any other ship since Shackleton’s Endurance in 1914.
The sea has been in Captain David’s blood since, at age 4, he traveled from San Francisco with his family aboard a freighter to Yokohama. While passionate about the open seas, he doesn’t shy away from travel by land. Driving the Pan-American Highway on one particular adventure, he was making his way south through Chile late one night when the car’s engine died stranding him along the road. Be sure to ask him about the shadowy figure that emerged from the dark and how he got back on the road again! As Captain David says, the kindness of strangers is a wonderful surprise when travelling the world.